27.10.2017 - UNESCO Office in Jakarta

UNESCO Celebrated UN Day in Timor-Leste

UN Day in Timor-Leste

UN Day, on 24th of October each year, marks the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter. With the ratification of this founding document by the majority of its signatories, including the five permanent members of the Security Council, the United Nations officially came into being. October 24 has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948, and in 2002, a unanimous General Assembly decision made Timor-Leste the UN’s 191st member state among 193-member states.

Open Day at UN house invited a predominantly young audience, particularly students from the 6 major universities in Dili. UNESCO Dili Antenna featured publications from all sectors at a booth – along with some very interesting math and science experiments – which were of particular attraction to the university students. Students also visited UNESCO Dili Antenna and they were briefed on mandate of UNESCO and also on local initiatives in the country. Math and science experiments at the UNESCO booth were conducted with support of Timor-Leste National Commission for UNESCO.

On UN Day 2017, the UN and its agencies celebrated Timor-Leste’s membership with the United Nations, by hosting an event inclusive of the people of Timor-Leste. This year’s UN Day was an open house event at the UN compound. The purpose of this open house event was to break down preconceived notions of the UN’s presence in Timor-Leste and to promote its current mandate, and partnership role in the country. The event emphasized the departure of the UN peacekeeping mission and focused on promoting current initiatives, projects and results. With the support of national staff at the compound, visitors were able to relate and connect with familiar faces and learn about some of the many programs currently underway in Timor-Leste.

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